There are three types of distractions while driving: Manual, visual, and cognitive.
Manual: taking your hands off the wheel.
Visual: Taking your eyes off the road.
Cognitive: Taking your mind off of driving.
All three of these distractions can lead to serious injury or even death.
Get the Facts:
660,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving at any given moment in the day.
25% of motor vehicle accidents are a result of being distracted from changing the radio station.
84% of pet owners travel with their pets in automobiles.
70% of people admit to eating while driving.
50% of teens use their cell phone while driving, both to talk and to text.
Nearly 50,000 cyclists were killed or injured in motor vehicle accidents in 2011.
7.3 million red light violations occur each year as a result of distracted driving.
How to Drive Safely:
Put your phone on silent to avoid temptation or put it in the backseat or glove compartment. If you need to make a call, pull over where it is safe.
Make sure you get enough sleep before a long drive.
Eat before you go – leave enough time to get ready and to have a decent meal before heading out on a long road trip. If you need to stop for food or a drink, pull into the closest rest area.
Obey speed limits and traffic signals. Maintain a safe distance from the other vehicle around you.
Talk to your kids about safe driving habits. Most importantly, demonstrate safe driving habits and set a good example for your teens.
Check out this infographic to learn more.